What is Soot Caused by Fire Damage?
An electrical fire caused soot damage throughout a local Saratoga County home.
Soot is, “a black powder that is formed when something is burned.”
When you have a fire, soot is the carbon particles that become airborne, leaving your property in disarray.
Many people wonder if it is safe to stay at your property after you have a fire.
Immediately after a fire, soot residue will settle onto your possessions. In certain instances, soot can become very toxic and hazardous to your health. Soot contains elements of the burned material. Exposure to soot residue could be detrimental to your health: causing respiratory distress and other medical emergencies.
If you are the type of person with patience and the drive to get something done, you may want to try your hand at cleaning your own property. Just remember safety always comes first!
If the job is to much to handle, call the professionals.
SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will pre-test to determine the degree of the damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the many types of surfaces in your home.
Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County may be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense acquired with repainting or refinishing.
In other cases, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will clean and get your structure prepared to paint, this process allows the paint to better adhere to the surface, as well as deodorize.
Things NOT to do when you have soot damage!
- Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to a fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don’t use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the incident.
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged
What you can do until the Professionals Arrive:
- Limit movement in the home to preven soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and uphostery.
- Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
- Wash any walls or painted sufaces.
- Shampoo carpet or upholstery.
- Clean any electrical equipment.
- Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Do you know how to use your Fire Extinguisher?
Use the P.A.S.S. method to correctly use a Fire Extinguisher
Are you aware of how to property maintain and use your fire extinguisher?
Not every fire extinguisher are made the same and work the same. Check your extinguisher’s manual on how to properly care for and maintain the extinguisher regularly.
Be aware of the proper technique in using an extinguisher. The leading successful way to use an extinguisher is the P.A.S.S. method
P – Pull the locking pin on the handle that prevents the extinguisher from being improperly discharged.
A – Aim your extinguishers nozzle so that it affects the base of the fire. Extinguishers do not last long, so its important that you affect the most important part of the fire for as long as you can
S – Squeeze you extinguishers lever towards your palm once its been properly aimed in order to start its use.
S – Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the fire in order to make sure that all host spots are affected. Do not shy away from using the extinguisher until it runs out.
Have you gone to get your Flu Shot this year?
Don't Forget to get Vaccinated for the Flu this Year!
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
Don’t forget to receive your flu vaccine this year! The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months should receive a yearly flu vaccine. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will cause the most illness during the upcoming flu season. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, ideally by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.
What to do When You Have A Pipe Burst
Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620 for Emergency Services
The sound of water rushing into your property from a burst pipe is one of the worst sound you will hear in your home or office, but when a pipe bursts, you need to act fast to minimize the damage. Here are the steps you should take:
Shut off the Water Main
A burst pipe will keep pumping out water until you cut off the source. Your best bet is to identify where water enters your home, office or building, and shut off the water.
Shut off Electricity If Safe to Do So
You do not want to be standing in water and touching electrical switches. You also do not want that water to touch your wiring. If you can safely shut off the electricity without standing in water, go ahead and do so. If not, evacuate the building and wait for a professional to assess the situation.
Contact a Plumber
Before you can begin recovery, you need the broken pipe fixed. Otherwise, you might clean and dry an area, only to have it flood again during the repairs and it would be a complete waste of time and money.
Also, the damaged pipe may be part of your forced hot water heating system. If so, you will need a plumber to restore heat before any more pipes freeze or burst.
Call SERVPRO® ASAP
Usually, when low temperatures freeze pipes, pipes start bursting all over the area. Our emergency services will be flat out for the next few days trying to help as many home and business owners as we can. The sooner you call SERVPRO® of Southern Saratoga County, the higher your name will be on our waiting list, and the sooner we will be able to make it “Like it never even happened."
Talk to Your Insurance Agent
If you plan to make a claim for the water damage after a pipe bursts, you should talk to your agent or insurer about whether the damage is covered and whether an adjuster needs to approve the restoration work in advance.
How to Minimize Damage
There are a few things you can do to minimize the water damage until a crew arrives on the scene.
- If you see water spreading across a ceiling, you might use a screwdriver to poke a hole and allow the water to drip down into a bucket. This will not only reduce the water damage area, it may also keep the water from touching light fixtures in the ceiling.
- Place buckets to catch dripping water.
- Move your furniture away from the water if possible.
- Use towels or a mop to sop up water on the floor.
Plan to Be Better Prepared
After your home or business is restored, you should make a plan to avoid burst pipes in the future. The American Red Cross has an excellent resource, Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes that you should review to find tips that may keep your pipes from bursting the next time.
If pipes burst in your Saratoga home or business, act quickly to protect your property, then call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620 to begin the restoration process as soon as possible. We are always here to help.
Its the Water you Don't See!
Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today to help you with your water damage today!
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. We can answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by our franchise.
-Moisture sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
-Moisture meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings allowing us to monitor the drying process.
-Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services
We are here to help call 518-885-2620
SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 518-885-2620
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County
SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Prepare Your Home for the Cooling Temperatures
Fall Maintenance Tips
Fall foliage is beautiful, but not when it builds up in your gutters! Take these tips into account during the cool autumn months;
-Have your furnace cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified technician.
-Keep flammable materials, including all lawn and power equipment, away from water heaters and wiring in the basement.
-Insulate water pipes in areas exposed to cold temperatures, and turn up the thermostat during extra cold periods.
-Check for damage to your roof, and clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating. (This is especially important during the fall season to keep leaves from building up in gutters.)
-Check and repair caulking around doors and windows that show signs of deterioration.
-Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases; and make repairs as needed.
-Have your chimney cleaned and maintained annually by a professional.
-Clean and/or replace your furnace filter.
-Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
-Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Be sure not to overload electrical outlets, fuse boxes, extension cords or any other power service.
-Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible, filled and ready for operation.
-Inspect your smoke detectors. Make sure there is one on each floor of your home. Test them monthly, and change the battery annually or as needed.
Daylight Savings Time Reminder
That's right, its that time of year again. The leaves are changing, its getting colder. It's Daylight Savings Time. This year Daylight Savings Time is on Sunday, November 4th 2018.
A Friendly Reminder - Turn Your Clocks Back One Hour Before You Go To Sleep on Saturday, November 3rd.
Are the Recent Rains Causing Water and Storm Damage to your Property?
Sudden rains in the last few weeks in the area may have caught you off guard, many businesses and homes were suddenly taken over with water. Often when a water intrusion occurs from ground level and underground from the rain itself, the rain activity needs to stop before we can mitigate and dry the structure, though we can pump to keep waters from rising. When the water enters from above from a roof leak, we also cannot dry until the rain has ceased or the roof has been repaired or a temporary tarp has been placed to keep out the water. Meanwhile, we do everything possible to keep damage to a minimum, from placing buckets and barrels under the water entering to installing ceiling redirects to keep the water from landing where you don't want it and removing standing water to keep damage to a minimum.